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Round 14 of the Brazilian Campeonato
Current title holders Flamengo, who aren’t living up to the hype amassed during last season, will be facing Sport Recife. After the magnificent campaign that Flamengo managed to pull off, the way they played versus arguably the best team at the moment Liverpool we all would’ve thought that they would dominate the Série A – that’s not the case though.
Out of their 12 played games, they have won 6, drawn 3 and lost the other 3, and they will be looking to change that up versus newly promoted Sport Recife. That won't be an easy task though, Recife is currently sitting a couple of places below Flamengo with pretty much the same season stats. One thing that will be in the advantage of Domènec Torrent's side is that they will be hosting the Recife in their home ground – Brazil's biggest stadium the Maracanã.
Another entertaining matchup is the one between the side that still hasn’t lost a single game – Palmeiras, and the side that has drawn the most (9 draws from 12 matches) – Botafogo. Will be interesting to see whether the Sao Paulo will finally see a 1 in the loss graph, or will the Rio de Janeiro side see double digits in the draw graph. The most likely outcome though remains Palmeiras’ win.
Atletico Mineiro – the current leaders and the team with the most fierce attack so far in this season (25 goals in 12 games) will be traveling to play Fortaleza. Despite sitting in the middle of the table the hosts are one of the least conceding sides in the league – they've conceded fewer goals then Atl. Mineiro themselves. The only team that has a better feat in this stat is 2nd ranked Internacional. Mineiro’s tendency to score a lot paired with the good defense of Fortaleza may very likely result in a draw.
Who will win the Serie A? Outright betting tips
At the time of writing this Atletico Mineiro is sitting at the top of the table with the biggest positive goal difference. Meanwhile, last season's triumphant – Flamengo are at 4th place but still, they remain the bookies' favorites to win the title. The odds for them are 2.10 even though they are already tailing with 1/4th of the season played out. This makes Atl. Mineiro at 3.75 a very worthy pick as they are already on top of the table and are looking quite solid.
They are the top-scoring squad with 25 goals in 12 games. At this rate, we would see them snatch the title, but it's for sure that Flamengo would not let it happen without a fight. They are having kind of a rough start to the season, but surely, they will pick their pace up soon.
We also see Internacional and Sao Paulo sitting at 2nd and 6th place, and the odds for them are rocketing compared to what we just covered. Internacional winning at the end of the season will see odds of 21 being paid out, and Sao Paulo will multiply the better's money 17 times – sounds tempting, doesn't it? These teams are definitely contenders for the title but it's only a matter of how will the season unfold.
Another side lurking the first place is Palmeiras. They need to do some work though as their attack doesn’t seem as deadly as they would like. As we said before they are yet to lose a single game this season, but they are getting way too many draws to feel comfortable. If they are able to keep up their current form but also convert more of their draws into wins, they have a chance of getting the first place.
Honestly, there are so many options and different scenarios of how the season will end it's tough to pick one. Possibilities are endless but one thing is sure – the best team will top the league.
Who's the bookies' favorite to win the Brazil Campeonato? – According to the bookies, Flamengo winning the title for a second consecutive time is the most likely outcome valued at 2.00 at the time of writing.
Which are the newly promoted teams in the Brazilian top flight? – Each year 4 teams get relegated from Série A, and 4 teams get promoted to Série A. For season 2020/2021 the 4 new teams in the league are – Red Bull Bragantino, Coritiba, Atlético Goianiense, and Sport Recife.
How many leagues does the football system in Brazil consist of? – You can expect that the professional football world in one of the biggest countries in the sport is pretty massive and it really is. There are 8 levels of league 4 of which are National Leagues – Série A, Série B, Série C, and Série D, and the other 4 are State Leagues.
Historically which is the most successful club in Série A? – Palmeiras is the team that has been crowned the most times – a total of 10 titles.
What are some of the biggest rivalries in Brazilian football? – You can argue that the most famous derby in the Campeonato is the Flamengo – Fluminense or a.k.a Fla-Flu. Other famous and fierce rivalries are those between Palmeiras and Corinthians, and also Grêmio and Internacional.
Which are the highest valued players in Brazil’s Série A? – Palmeiras’ Gabriel Veron is currently the highest valued player with an estimated value of around €25 Million. Flamengo’s Gabriel Barbosa and Grêmio’s Matheus Henrique are sharing the second place with both of them being value at €20 Million.
What do the abbreviations at the end of a team’s name mean? – They are used to differ teams with a similar name but form different cities. There are plenty of examples like Atlético Mineiro or Atlético MG – from Minas Gerais, Atlético Paranaense or Atlético PR – from Paraná, and so on.